6th Convention of Slovenian Consortia for International Scientific Literature


Brave New World or Challenging Reality?

 Outcomes and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries in a Changing Digital Landscape


Ljubljana, September 14th and 15th,  2016





Natančnejši program prireditve bo objavljen naknadno. Izvlečki doslej prispelih prestavitev so:   / The detailed programme will be announced later. These are the abstracts of the papers accepted so far:


Open Access University Presses – a future model for scholarly publishing?
Paul Ayris,Director of UCL Library Services & UCL Copyright Officer, Chief Executive, UCL Press

This paper will look at the scholarly publishing landscape and suggest that universities can use the Open Access movement to create their own institutional University Presses. The paper will look in detail at the foundation of UCL Press, the UK’s first fully open access University Press, and draw conclusions from its first year of publishing.

Leveraging the network to make open access happen
Lluís Anglada i de Ferrer, CBUC (Catalan Academic Library Commission), LIBER Executive Board Member

The LIBER strategy contains 3 key strategic directions: (1) Enabling Open Science, (2) Lead in Changing Scholarship and (3) Shape Innovation Research. Open access is integral to all of these strategic directions as it is a key component of Open Science, a game changer for scholarship and a will shape innovation in research.

LIBER’s strength lies in its membership network. With over 400 research libraries all over Europe LIBER has the ability to make things happen. It has been successful in European projects on open access (eg. Pasteur4OA on OA policies,FOSTER on OA training and OpenAIRE to publish the results of FP7 in open access). Therefore the focus of the LIBER Open Access Working Group is on the implementation of open access. In this way LIBER plays to its strength, can further disseminate the results of the EU projects, and can support its members. This does not mean that there should be a ‘one size fits all’ approach but rather recognises the need for cooperation in the transition from a project-based innovative approach to standard research support services. This presentation will outline the programme of the working group and illustration how, by working together via our European network, LIBER libraries can help to build a robust support system for a sustainable open access future.

Consortium library activities supporting the research in the universities of Catalonia
Lluís Anglada i de Ferrer, CBUC (Catalan Academic Library Commission), LIBER Executive Board Member

CBUC consortium was founded in 1996. In 2013 CBUC merged with a consortium for supercomputing to form the Consortium of Academic Services of Catalonia (CSUC). Currently, CBUC is a division to CSUC. Initial activities of CBUC were to create a Union catalogue and ILL. In 1998 CBUC begun to license e- journals and databases for their members. The repositories activities begun in 2001 and currently there are several cooperative repositories: for doctoral thesis (TDX), images (MDC), Catalan journals (RACO), articles & papers (Recercat), and learning materials (MDX). Recently CBUC began new activities to support research; those are: a Research Portal for research outputs of all the Catalan Universities, research support (OA, Mendeley, ORCID, etc.), and Research Data Management.

LIBER: Re-Inventing the Library for the Future
Friedel Grant, Association of European Research Libraries, LIBER

As the Association of European Research Libraries, LIBER represents 400+ national, university and special libraries. This talk will give an overview of the association, with a special emphasis on how LIBER is helping its network to face current and future challenges by focusing on key areas of importance to libraries. Through our Executive Board, Steering Committees and Working Groups, LIBER is enabling open science, providing leadership in times of great change for scholarship and shaping innovative research through effective advocacy and communications. This work is complemented by our participation in relevant EU funded projects. In all of these areas, LIBER actively collaborates with, and welcomes further cooperation from, library professionals across Europe.

Stockholm University Press – for researchers, by researchers – but what do the library publisher add?
Sofie Wennström, Analyst at Stockholm University Library and Journals Manager at Stockholm University Press

The rationality of the research process is about communication. The communicative practice, which is intrinsic in the research process, is facilitated via the publication process. This should also be the governing principle of a university press or library publishing program (Wennström, 2015). What is it then that we, as a library, can add to the scientific practices? What kind of services are relevant to provide?

The current scholarly communications landscape is changing on a global level towards a more open dissemination of research results and data, where sharing and reuse of scientific information is seen as a key feature for future development. The assignment of a university library is supply its users with research, by organising and providing information resources. To provide research information through Open Access seems like a given considering democratic values and that most research in Sweden is government funded. The open approach to publishing and sharing has also proven to increase dissemination and thereby citations to scientific records and bridging economical inequalities.

In order to support this, Stockholm University decided to start a fully open university press for the dissemination of peer-reviewed books and journals in 2013. The library was assigned to the task, with a demand for focus on openness, quality assessment and affordable publishing fees. The publishing platform created is designed take care of the practical part of publishing and make space for the researchers to concentrate on their expertise as writers and reviewers. The task of the publisher is thus to support, enhance and drive development to support the social nature of the science-making process and the strategic drivers for the university as a whole (Wennström, 2016). This presentation will show how Stockholm University Press is built on this foundation, and will also explain what we add to the process on different levels by collaboration and developing best practices to support the meaning-making of science.

Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015−2020
Meta Dobnikar, PhD; Goverment of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia

The organization of the Slovenian research environment is defined in the Research and Development Act, which also specifies how research and development policies are implemented and how research is funded from the government funds and other sources (European programmes and frameworks, local communities, and business enterprises). Research and development activities are carried out by the research performing institutions through programmes and projects, and by private researchers through projects. The Research and Development Act states that results of research and development activities, financed from the government funds, should be made publicly available with the only limitations being those set by the regulations on intellectual property, authors’ rights and personal data.

There are two strategic documents related to open access:

1. The Resolution on Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia 2011-2020 determines Open Access to raw research data from publicly financed research and preparation of an action plan till the year 2014 as a basis for a national Open Research Data policy.

2. The Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2011-2020 envisages the international cooperation of Slovenia in ESS, DARIAH and CESSDA projects.
The electronic versions of all publicly co-financed Slovenian journals (138 titles) and final reports of research projects, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, as well as doctoral dissertations must be deposited into the Digital Library of Slovenia. Many of the scientific journals use Open Journal Systems for managing the publication process. The country does not have a national portal for the Open Access journals or for the Open Access monographs.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020 in September 2015 that provides a good-practice example of a fully aligned national policy on open access to scientific publications and national pilot programme Open access to research data with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Open Access mandate and EC’s Open Research Data Pilot and the July 2012 Commission’s Recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information. The next step is an action plan for the implementation of the strategy, which is currently in the final stage coordination among the members of the working group.

Analysis of Open Access Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals by Slovenian Researchers in 2015: Economics and Quality
Dunja Legat, Assistant Director at the Maribor University Library, Miro Pušnik, Director of the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana

This presentation estimates the free availability of the research publications by Slovenian researchers in 2015. More than 5000 research publication published by Slovenian researchers in 2015 are indexed in the Scopus database. We found 1.139 publications which are freely available to use under different license models. We analysed the OA publishing models of journals where those articles were published. Based on this outcome, 714 APCs were paid. Taking into account the APC list prices only, the paid APCs would total to a sum of more than 1.2 million EUR. Comprehensive analyses and assessments in connection with the Slovenian Current Research Information System are shown as well.

An update on the licensing of academic journals in the United Kingdom: Challenges, Opportunities and Principles
Liam Earney, Director of JISC Collections

In this talk, Liam Earney will present an update on the most recent journal negotiations being undertaken by Jisc Collections and specifically the objective of including both access to subscribed content and open access publishing in the same negotiated agreement. The paper will cover the challenges and opportunities associated with these negotiations, before describing how Jisc, along with colleagues in the UK and Europe is seeking to use these experiences to develop a set of common principles that all consortia can refer to in their negotiations.

Economic aspects of licensing guidelines and effectiveness of the first offset agreement: a case study
Karmen Štular Sotošek,  Executive Director of COSEC Consortium at the National and University library, Slovenia

The primary objective of the presentation is to stress the power of international cooperation in the area of economic aspects of the global research infrastructure, which is accessible in the Slovenian research institutions and academic libraries. We will illustrate the example of collaboration between different stakeholders taking into account financial benefits and savings, as well as the Slovenian scientific influence on the scholarly journals. To emphasize the international effect, the presentation includes commercial research literature and open science journals. COSEC consortium with its strategic partners implements the first offset agreement to reduce the total cost of publications.

Formation, first steps and first year of CALC – Croatian Academic and Research Libraries Consortium
Alisa Martek, Library Advisor at the National and University Library in Zagreb

 In this presentation CALC – Croatian Academic and Research Libraries Consortium is presented. The Agreement on Cooperation between Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the National and University Library in Zagreb is signed in April 2015 was signed that transfer responsibility for e-resources procurement to the NUL. Due to the decline of funds for e-resources acquisition in the State Budget the NUL together with the Ministry applied to the European Social Fund and got approved Project Increasing the access to electronic sources of scientific and technical information – e-sources which will be presented.


Landscape Without Battle”: Using reliable data in the evaluation of research performance
Peter Porosz, Consultant & Solution Manager for Research Management , Elsevier

There is a plethora of information sources available for the management and evalution of research performance. What is the relationship between public sources, international standard databases and the records kept by the institutions themselves? What do we consider as reliable data? What is it that we use in our daily practice in Central and Eastern Europe – and beyond? What data is missing and how can we make sure it becomes available? In this presentation we observe the theory and practice of fact based research management.

Dissertations, your library’s treasure
Meinhard Kettler, Academic Relationship Manager - Dissertations & Theses, ProQuest,
Eva Czegledi , Account Manager, South East Europe.

ProQuest’s presentation outlines how best the libraries’ available holdings can be utilized. To reach its full potential, an efficient discovery tool can be used and as an innovative idea, making the local holdings visible outside of the library. One way for this is to get local content indexed in international databases. This may mean a role for the libraries in facilitating and generating new scientific content. A unique collection to think of is ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses which contains 3.8 million dissertations, out of which 1.7 million in Full text. Institutions are welcome to contribute. Options for uploading dissertations and the streamlines will be presented as well as best practice

Open Access: the impact on the researcher, the library, and the publisher
Carolyn Kirby, Open Access Sales Manager, Taylor and Francis

Publishing Open Access (OA) allows research to be read by anyone, anywhere. But how do authors understand the reach of their work, and what tools can they use to ensure it has the impact that they want it to?  Libraries are increasingly playing an integral role in managing the open access research output from their institutions, and librarians are often becoming the go-to person to support those publishing OA. How are library teams adapting to these developments and rising to the challenges? What can the publisher do to support researchers in understanding the impact of their work, and librarians in having the right infrastructure to advocate OA within their institutions? This presentation will examine the changing dynamic between publisher, library and researcher, drawing on case studies from across Europe, as well as taking a look at what Taylor & Francis is doing to help facilitate the OA process.

How Thomson Reuters supports Open Access publishing
Miguel Garcia, Thomson Reuters, Solutions Specialist for Research Management

Discover how Open Access journals are carefully selected and make their way to the high quality content of the Web of Science Core collection.
This presentation will also include a short study of Open Access journals from Slovenia and surrounding countries, from the research performance point of view.

Introducing New Ways to Increase your Library Return on Investment
Krassimira Anguelova, AlexanderStreet, Sales Director Europe

Alexander Street occupies a unique space in the university library ecosystem. Where others license or publish, and then aggregate and distribute, we curate multimedia content (much of it licensed, some of it published) into discipline-specific or multidisciplinary collections and packages of collections. In most cases these collections and packages are decidedly aimed at the scholar/researcher, but many of them have a specifically learning-oriented/classroom focus. The presentation will focus on the ways we enhance the ‘value in use’ of our curated content through new innovative subscription/purchase models (subscribe to own, PDA Select, PDA Feature Films, EBA, etc.), as well as through various unique online tools and account management systems. Two complementary OA (open access) initiatives in music and anthropology launched in 2016 at Alexander Street will be presented, as well as on two complementary initiatives: Contributing Collections and Premium Services. Contributing Collections will see 10% of all revenue generated dedicated to digitizing and making OA important archives. Premium Services offer member libraries the opportunity to upload and make OA locally generated content. Alexander Street will extend these two models into history and theater later in 2016/2017.

Open Access Is Ready For You. Are YOU Prepared?
Erik Jan Van Kleef, 1Science, Vice President of Sales and Channel Management

An enormous quantity of Open Access articles in full text format and peer-reviewed is already available to use, but so far it seems to be ignored in our practices! We have been talking for almost 10 years on Open Access topics. However, libraries have not taken essential advantages on it. On the contrary, they have to spend even more funds for paying the article process costs ( APC) and support Institutional repositories .This will change, thanks to the disruptive technology 1science has created to help libraries to take full advantage of Open Access .

  • oaFindr is not only the world's largest integrated open access discovery platform, it's also the best-performing discovery tool with the highest-quality, expertly curated, openly available content. Building it was no small feat. Our deep understanding of researchers' and students' primary goal to rapidly find content that uniquely reflects their interests, led us to build a solution that helps do exactly that.
    oaFindr quickly approaches 20 millions Open Access, full text and peer-reviews articles (not mixed with other documents like theses, dissertations and grey literature!)
    • aFindr you will quickly find all open access scholarly articles, published in peer-reviewed journals. In one place.

Monitor Your Investment With OA Solutions
Erik Jan Van Kleef, 1Science, Vice President of Sales and Channel Management

As universities are faced with static or declining budgets, it is more important than ever to make the right decisions regarding your holdings, and to ensure your library has the proper acquisition mix.

  • As part of the oaFigr Subscription service, we will perform a bibliographic analysis of your university's active journal subscriptions by determining - for each journal! - what proportion of the journal's articles are available in open access. The report will look at which journals your authors are publishing in over time and analyze which journals your authors are citing. These measures, combined with journal impact metrics, will provide robust decision-making aids for librarians, from helping to inform journal cancellation and new subscription decisions to quantifying an institution's research and publishing trends.
    oaFigr Institutions service provides data on the scientific publications of a university, the scientific impact of this production based on citation analysis, and the capacity to publish in highly cited journals, as well as which sectors are growing compared to the world front.

Libraries increasingly play a pivotal role in providing metrics on the scientific production of universities. These data are not only useful to inform strategic planning at the university level, they are also key to managing subscriptions by ascertaining that a library's strength is optimally aligned with that of its university.

Investing in content from Cambridge University Press will return high-quality reading to Slovenian researchers
Madeleine Eve, Cambridge University Press, Sales Manager, Central & Eastern Europe

This presentation will explore the depth and diversity of the Cambridge offering of journals, and how they can help develop research in Slovenia. Highlights of the benefits for researchers of the new academic platform from Cambridge will be presented, as well as an analysis on the current research and publishing strengths of Slovenian researchers already publishing with CUP.

Predatory Publishing
Manisha Bolina, BioOne Senior Manager – EMEA and Australasia.

Open Access has allowed publishers and researchers to access content in a way that was never possible before. Whilst this has been overwhelming important for the progress of scientific research it has also led to the creation of predatory publishers taking advantage of researchers and grants.

2017 Oxford University Press Journals Collection and Open Access Update
Jana Shove, Oxford University Press, Central and Eastern Europe, Cyprus and Greece Sales Manager

The publishing landscape is changing. We have seen recently that Learned Societies are looking for something different and are choosing to move from commercial publishers to Oxford University Press. OUP is constantly reviewing and evaluating the shape of our journals collection, we are attracting new society partnerships each year and this also sometimes means that we end society partnerships but when journals leave our collection we adjust pricing accordingly. 2017 will see significant growth over last year in the OUP Journals collection with prestigious titles across the spectrum of disciplines joining our portfolio. This presentations will give you Latest News about the OUP Journals Collection as well as an update on OUP’s Open Access Programme.


Seznam se bo dopolnjeval/ The list will be updated.